|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum:
"Nothing is more dangerous than being without food," declared the
horse, with a sniff at the rebuke of his young master; "and just at
present no one can tell whether there are any oats in this queer
country or not. If there are, they are liable to be glass oats!"
"Oh, no!" exclaimed Dorothy. "I can see plenty of nice gardens and
fields down below us, at the edge of this city. But I wish we could
find a way to get to the ground."
"Why don't you walk down?" asked Eureka. "I'm as hungry as the horse
is, and I want my milk."
"Will you try it, Zeb" asked the girl, turning to her companion.
Zeb hesitated. He was still pale and frightened, for this dreadful
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
"If it is God's will!" answered the old man. "Against
His will there is nothing to be done."
"You hear them," said Alcide.
"Yes," replied Michael, "but God is with us!"
The situation became more and more serious. Should
the raft be stopped, not only would the fugitives not reach
Irkutsk, but they would be obliged to leave their floating
platform, for it would be very soon smashed to pieces in
the ice. The osier ropes would break, the fir trunks torn
asunder would drift under the hard crust, and the unhappy
people would have no refuge but the ice blocks themselves.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Stories From the Old Attic by Robert Harris:
and his true love when they came upon a beautiful statue of a Nereid.
"Come here," he said to the youth, "and touch this statue." The young
man put his hand on the statue's arm and felt of it closely, though
he did not seem surprised at what he found. "Now the girl," the old
man continued; so the lover also felt of his girlfriend's arm, in the
same way. "And now," the man said, "tell me what you have learned."
"I'm not sure," the young man began. "The statue is hard and cold;
the girl is warm and soft. Her flesh yields when I press; the marble
"You have learned well," concluded the philosopher, "and if each of
you remembers and lives by these truths, you will have a happy